Village Viewpoints in Rancho Santa Fe presents Dr. Stephen Wilson on Immunotherapy: New Era in Medicine

Village Viewpoints presents Dr. Stephen Wilson (right photo) speaking on the topic of “Immunotherapy – A New Era in Medicine” Sunday, Jan. 31 at the Fellowship Center of the Village Church at 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets go on sale Jan. 1.

The immune system is central to our health and well-being but until recently, scientists have been unable to call on the body’s own defenses in a predictable way. Thanks to recent dramatic advances in technology and fundamental discoveries in the lab, the immune system can now be marshaled to treat and prevent illnesses that have historically eluded medicine.

On Sunday, Jan. 31, Dr. Stephen Wilson, an immunologist, will share his insider’s view of the sea change in medical research, triggered by our improved understanding of the immune system. He will reduce the inherent complexity of the immune system to a layman’s understanding of how scientists are now positioned to understand, control, and one day eliminate most diseases that threaten us and our families. The presentation will also discuss how immunotherapy of cancer is transforming the way cancer and many other diseases are treated.

Wilson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, one of the top five research institutes in the world solely focused on the immune system. Wilson is the co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the NIH’s Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Resource, and Executive Director of the Institute’s Functional Genomics Center. Prior to his current position, Wilson was a research fellow of both the National Institutes of Health and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where he published research on the immunologic basis of autoimmune disease. He holds a B.S.A. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Arizona’s School of Medicine.

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